Making Templates Work for You


I get reader questions almost every day. And I LOVE it. I love hearing what you want to know, what confuses you, what you have always wanted to ask but never have. I have gotten all sorts of questions from “Would I make a good designer?” to “where do you get ideas for your titles?” I am by no means an expert (there are MANY people who know MUCH more than I do!) but I do love being able to help. Usually, I try to answer people right away with whatever information I can offer them. One thing I have noticed, though, is that I tend to get a lot of repeat questions and I do a lot of repeat answers. What I really need to be doing, is taking more of those reader questions and answering them right here on the site. The other day a reader emailed and asked a GREAT question…so I thought I would share.

The reader asked where to find 8.5 x 11 templates. She said that she wanted to create an album but that as she looked for 8.5 x 11 templates she wasn’t really able to find any.

“Where can I find 8.5 x 11 templates?”

It’s a great question. However, I don’t have the answer. I haven’t really seen many 8.5 x 11 templates. I do admit, though, that I am not a huge digi shopper (I have personal rules that I only buy what I am going to scrap with right then) and so I don’t see a lot of what is in the stores. I know for myself, as a template designer, that I don’t make 8.5 x 11 templates because they don’t sell well. The vast majority of digi scrappers scrap on 12 x 12 and 8×8, so that is how I create my templates. The thing is, You don’t need 8.5 x 11 templates.

You can easily turn a 12 x 12 template into an 8.5 x 11 template

The beauty of templates is that they are totally customizable! Because the files are layered, everything can be moved, changed, resized, and more. There is no reason you have to search high and low for a designer you love who creates in 8.5 x 11, you can just take regular templates that you love and make them work for you! Here are three examples of 12 x 12 templates that I altered in less than 2 minutes to create an 8.5 x 11 template.


In the first example I took a 12 x 12 template, rotated it to the left, and the repositioned onto an 8.5 x 11. Two minutes, tops.




In this second example, I just cropped the page to 8.5 x 11 and then cut off the paper on the left (so that there would be a margin on both sides.




In my third example, I took the 12 x 12 template, moved all the layers to an 8.5 x 11 canvas, and then shrunk everything until it “fit” and I liked the way it looked. Again, no more than two minutes.


So if you are looking for great 8.5 x 11 templates, you don’t need to look any farther than your favorite template designer. If you need some great designers, be sure to check out Reason #7 in Part Three of my TEN REASONS TO LOVE TEMPLATES (Part One and Two can be found by clicking on the number).